EWB Challenge Scholarship

EWB Challenge Scholarship Program

The generous support of BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities enables Engineers Without Borders Australia to offer five EWB Challenge Scholarships a year to recognise high achieving and values-driven students who are passionate about applying their engineering skills to the objectives of community development and poverty eradication.

The EWB Challenge Scholarship Program achieves this by sponsoring students to engage in a range of EWB program activities designed to deepen knowledge of humanitarian engineering and to develop leadership in community development.  The program includes the following opportunities for scholars:   Leadership Rewired (an on-line leadership development course), EWB Chapter volunteering; Dialogues on Development (a study tour in Cambodia, India or to the Murray Darling Basin), participation in the Link Festival and student’s final year research project.

BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities is a charity established by BHP Billiton as part of its community investment program. 

Application Process

If you are passionate about creating change through humanitarian engineering, willing to show your commitment to community development and have successfully completed the 2014 EWB Challenge, you are warmly  invited to apply for an EWB Challenge Scholarship.

Applications are now open for students who completed the EWB Challenge in 2014! To apply please submit your completed on-line application  by 4:00 pm on Friday 24 April 2015. Short listed applicants will be contacted in the week beginning Monday 4 May to arrange a time for an interview.    

Program Expectations

Successful EWB Challenge Scholarship applicants will be sponsored to participate in the following activities in the EWB Challenge Scholarship Program:

Link Festival (1st year of program)

  • Link Festival brings together Australia's leading and emerging social innovators to explore how design and technology can create positive change in the world.  
  • EWB Challenge Scholars participate in Link Festival in the first year of their scholarship.
  • A half day workshop for EWB Challenge scholars is held in conjunction with Link Festival for current and new scholars to meet EWB staff, other scholars, and share scholarship experiences and learnings.

Leadership Rewired (1st year of program)

  • Leadership Rewired is a practical e-learning leadership development program.
  • Scholars complete modules, meet by telephone fortnightly for mentoring and group discussions, and participate in regional event.

Dialogues on Development  (2nd year of program)

  • Dialogues on Development are study tours where participants learn about community development, appropriate technology and humanitarian engineering. Study tours visit India, Cambodia or the Murray Darling Basin.
  • Scholars select to go on one study tour.

Chapter Leadership Role (2nd and 3rd year of program)

  • Successful EWB Challenge Scholars join EWB as members and are encouraged to take a leadership role within their University Chapter or get involved in their Regional Chapter.
  • Chapters bring EWB members together  to inspire, educate, train, and provide opportunities for members to contribute to EWB’s vision.  Chapter members hold regular meetings, host and participate in events, and work on community projects together.  

EWB Research Program (3rd year of program)

  • EWB Challenge scholars are expected to undertake their final year research project with EWB.
  • Scholars are encouraged to undertake their research project in the same region as their Dialogues on Development study tour.

Scholarship Reflections and Report (End of program)

  • EWB Challenge Scholars are required to provide a report to EWB reflecting on their scholarship journey.


To apply for one of the five EWB Challenge Scholarships offered each year, students must have completed the EWB challenge at a registered participating university.

Involvement with EWB (such as EWB Chapter membership and participation) is also preferred.

For more information please contact Tracey Cromby at:  t.cromby@ewb.org.au